Laurence Côté-Pitre

Ph.D. Student

Office Hours

Wed 3-5 pm

Background

Originally from Québec City, I studied languages (English, German and Spanish) in my hometown at Cégep Limoilou from 2010 to 2012. I received my H.BA. from the University of Toronto in German Studies and European Studies in June 2016, after spending a year at the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria as an exchange student in 2013-14.

I graduated from my M.A. in German from the University of Toronto in November 2017. My research paper focused on the underground poetry of the Prenzlauer Berg Szene in the 1980s. My current research interest involves ecocriticism and environmental discourses in GDR literature, with a special focus on works by Christa Wolf and Monika Maron.

Aside from academics, you can find me exploring the quaint, hidden corners of our world. I enjoy practicing my four languages when I travel and meet new people from across the world!

Conference Papers

  • “From Humboldt to Hessel, from Science to Literature, from the Nature to the City: The Vast Terrain of the Flâneur.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference. Ryerson University. May 2018.
  • “Christa Wolf: A Writer-Activist in the GDR.” “Pulver möcht’ ich schreiben”: Engagement in the German Tradition, Graduate Conference. University of Toronto, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. April 2018.
  • “Conflicting Memories: The Role of Christa Wolf and her Literature for Germany’s Collective Memory.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference. Ryerson University. May 2017.
  • “Conflicting Memories: The Role of Christa Wolf and her Literature for Germany’s Collective Memory.” Memory and Momentum: Culture and Change in Central and Eastern Europe, Graduate Conference. University of Victoria. March 2017.
  • “Why Did Hungary Preserve its Communist Monuments and Create the Statue Park in Budapest in 1993?” First Annual Hungarian Studies Conference: Paprika, Pálinka and Politics: Variations on Themes in Hungarian Studies. University of Toronto. October 2015.

Awards

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2018-2019.
  • DAAD German Studies Research Grant, summer 2018.
  • Jackman Junior Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2017-2023.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2017.
  • The Ambassador of Switzerland to Canada Book Prize in German, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, June 2016.
  • Victoria-Mueller-Carson In-Course Scholarship, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, October 2015.